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Potentials for high-resolution imaging with small satellites

Sandau, R. (2003) Potentials for high-resolution imaging with small satellites. In: RAST 2003, Proceedings of International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies, 2003, pp. 109-115. IEEE. International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies Emerging applications and opportunities for all, RAST 2003, Nov. 20-22, 2003, Istanbul, TURKEY. ISBN 0780381424

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Abstract

In the field of space-borne topographic mapping instruments the trend to smaller ground sample distances (GSD) can be observed, making use of the best technology available at the given time. From the 80 m GSD of ERTS (later renamed to Landsat-1), the first satellite dedicated to civil space-borne Earth surface imaging launched in 1972, the GSD now approached 1m. Mass and power consumption of spacecrafts and instruments follow similar trends. Alternatives to passive optical systems as SAR and Laser Altimeters also benefit from the immense improvement in very divers fields of technology. Nevertheless, the most promising prospects for topographic mapping with small satellites are connected with passive optical systems, especially push-broom systems. The paper tries to contribute to the answer of the question, how far can we go with decreasing instrument size, mass and power consumption, and decreasing the GSD at the same time. After explaining the basic topographic mapping concepts, the paper deals with important parameters for mapping with small satellites: spatial resolution, radiometry, mass, volume, power consumption, microelectronics, pointing accuracy & stability, data volume and transmission. From the technology point of view, small satellite missions for topographic mapping are feasible. One system is already in Earth orbit, others are in the planning stage. There is a good chance to install mapping systems with a low cost space segment. It is a question of market requirement and behavior whether or not these small satellite based mapping systems can successfully compete with existing space-borne or airborne based mapping systems.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/10781/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2003,
Title:Potentials for high-resolution imaging with small satellites
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Sandau, R.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:2003
Journal or Publication Title:RAST 2003, Proceedings of International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:2003
Page Range:pp. 109-115
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Kurnaz, S.UNSPECIFIED
Ince, F.UNSPECIFIED
Onbasioglu, S.UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:IEEE
ISBN:0780381424
Status:Published
Event Title:International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies Emerging applications and opportunities for all, RAST 2003, Nov. 20-22, 2003, Istanbul, TURKEY
Organizer:Turkish Airforce Academy, Aeronautics and Space Technologies Institute et al.
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Optical Information Systems
Deposited By: Dombrowski, Ute
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 16:15

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